The Demon Under the Microscope: From Battlefield Hospitals to Nazi Labs, One Doctor's Heroic Search for the World's First Miracle Drug

The Demon Under the Microscope: From Battlefield Hospitals to Nazi Labs, One Doctor's Heroic Search for the World's First Miracle Drug

Thomas Hager


The Nazis stumbled on it. The Allies received the battle with it. It conquered ailments, replaced legislation, and single-handedly introduced the period of antibiotics. This amazing discovery used to be sulfa, the 1st antibiotic. In The Demon lower than the Microscope, Thomas Hager chronicles the dramatic historical past of the drug that formed glossy medicine.

Sulfa stored thousands of lives—among them these of Winston Churchill and Franklin Delano Roosevelt Jr.—but its genuine results are much more a long way achieving. Sulfa replaced the way in which new medicines have been constructed, licensed, and offered; reworked the best way medical professionals handled sufferers; and ushered within the period of contemporary medication. The very idea that chemical compounds created in a lab might treatment ailment revolutionized drugs, taking it from the therapy of indicators and soreness to the eradication of the basis reason behind ailment.

A unusual and colourful story, The Demon less than the Microscope illuminates the bright characters, company approach, person idealism, cautious making plans, fortunate breaks, cynicism, heroism, greed, exertions, and the relevant (though incorrect) concept that introduced sulfa to the area. this can be a attention-grabbing clinical story with the entire pleasure and intrigue of an exceptional suspense novel.

For millions of years, people had sought medications with which they can defeat contagion, and so they had slowly, painstakingly, received a couple of battles: a few vaccines to push back illness, a handful of antitoxins. A drug or was once to be had which may cease parasitic ailments after they hit, tropical maladies like malaria and dozing affliction. however the nice killers of Europe, North the USA, and such a lot of Asia—pneumonia, plague, tuberculosis, diphtheria, cholera, meningitis—were triggered now not via parasites yet by way of micro organism, a lot smaller, some distance varied microorganisms. by means of 1931, not anything in the world may possibly cease a bacterial an infection as soon as it began. . . .

But all that was once approximately to alter. . . . —from The Demon lower than the Microscope

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